Cooking outdoors is one of life’s great pleasures, especially as the weather turns warm and we’re spending more time in the open air. Although every summer holiday is touted as a grilling holiday, it’s time barbecue had a day of its own. Although there can be strong distinctions between “grilling” and “barbecuing” many of us use the terms interchangeably. Either way, there’s a certain satisfaction in holding a wine glass in one hand and a long-handled set of tongs in the other. Here are our picks for perfect wine pairings with barbecue, tacos, grilled steaks, and other beloved summer recipes. Salud!
The “Other White Meat” often calls for a slightly sophisticated white wine, and Grilled Pork Chops with Mango Sauce are no exception. Au Contraire Pinot Gris has a strong citrus profile and rich aromatics that pair well with flame-kissed pork and a sauce that has a touch of sweetness.
We have nothing against red wine with chicken, especially when it's prepared like Maricel Presilla’s Grilled Chicken, with hot pepper, oregano and cumin. Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano DOC is fresh and fruity, with flavors of cherry, black currant, and violet that is an out of the box pairing with spicy chicken.
When it’s time to light the grill, Grilled Hanger Steak is a classic choice. Enjoy it alongside Santa Ema Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Aging in barrel for 8 to 10 months adds a soft tannic structure that works well with grilled meats. Flavors of black cherry, pipe tobacco, mocha and toast are pleasant on the palate from start to finish.
Don’t forget that dessert can be grilled too! Agave Grilled Peaches are a delicious and light alternative to heavier after-dinner choices. Roscato Sparkling Moscato, a sweet bubbly wine, has apricot and passion fruit flavors that pair with this or many other fruity desserts.